Tragic crash claims life of local woman

A Mapleton woman died following a two-vehicle accident near here on Jan. 10.

Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a serious motor vehicle collision on Wellington Road 8 near Wellington Road 12 in Mapleton Township at approximately 6:16pm.

Police say a 2002 Chevrolet driven by Clara Showalter, 69, of Mapleton, was westbound on Wellington Road 8, and attempted to turn into a private driveway. An eastbound 2007 Chevrolet, driven by a 19-year-old Mapleton Township man, collided with Showalter’s vehicle.

Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Mapleton Fire Rescue attended the scene. Showalter was transported to a local hospital by ambulance and later transferred to Hamilton General Hospital for further treatment.

However, she succumbed to her injuries and died in hospital the following day, Jan. 11.

West Region OPP Traffic Collision Investigators (TCI) attended the scene to assist with the investigation.

Following visitation at Heritage Funeral Home in Drayton on Jan. 14 and Calvary Conservative Mennonite Church in Elmira on Jan. 15, a funeral service for Showalter, who is survived by her husband Nathan and six children, was held at Crystal  View Mennonite Church in Floradale on Jan. 16.